Banya Men!

Though they aren't common in the United States, Jjimjilbangs, Banyas, Onsens, and Hamams are a great places to hang out.  This is a group for men comfortable in their own skin and appreciate the eastern ideas of public bath houses.

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Started by Tom Cornell. Last reply by Tom Cornell Jan 6. 7 Replies

I have seen more than a rare few guys enter the bade pool area at a couple jjimjilbangs that I've visited and either take a 5 second perfunctory shower or just hop right into the bade pool. Even one…Continue

Tags: jjimjilbang, hygiene

The Uninitiated

Started by Stephen Larsen. Last reply by Tom Cornell Nov 22, 2014. 31 Replies

Hey Banya Men!  So we all love hanging out with bros getting our sweat on and self inflicting pain by jumping into icy cold water.  But how do we invite the uninitiated without coming across as…Continue

Tags: experience, uninitiated, Jjimjilbang

Scaring people off?

Started by Tyler Jacobs. Last reply by Tom Cornell Nov 22, 2014. 12 Replies

As I posted earlier, I got to take a good friend of mine to a nearby spa for the first time the other night.  We went with another friend of mine and it was a great experience.  He said he liked it…Continue

Where's your favorite Banya - Hammam - Jjimjilbang - Spa - etc.?

Started by Stephen Charles Bond. Last reply by Stephen Larsen Sep 15, 2014. 38 Replies

Since this forum is about discussing the benefits, history, and culture of hot air bathing, wouldn't it be apropos to tell the other members of the group about any outstanding (and preferably manly)…Continue

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Comment by Stein on December 14, 2014 at 12:51pm
Heard some Dallas guys went to king spa recently. Let me know next time you want to go.
Comment by Chad on November 28, 2014 at 12:44am

Stephen, yeah, it would be great to meet you.

Comment by Michael J. K. on November 27, 2014 at 10:56pm

welcome Tom

Comment by crandles on November 27, 2014 at 3:49pm

Stephen, you definitely should.  Let Chad and me know, we could make it an outing.

Comment by Stephen Larsen on November 27, 2014 at 12:51pm

Sounds like a trip to Seattle needs to be in my future!

Comment by crandles on November 25, 2014 at 12:26am

That would be fun--don't think I would be a very good steam-meister though. The author thought that Seattle was becoming the center of banya culture in American--he pointed out that there's a banya in Everett and of course all the Korean jimjilbangs around here.

Comment by Chad on November 25, 2014 at 12:20am
Crandles, we should meet again sometime soon and you can tell me about it and show me the art of proper steam.
Comment by crandles on November 24, 2014 at 10:59pm

Earlier this week I went to a book reading by Bryon MacWilliams.  His first book is called "With Light Steam: A Personal Journey through the Russian Baths."  I learned a lot of things about banya that I never knew before, such as the use of aromatics in the steam.  He was a website for the book where also invites people to steam with him--he learned the art of proper steam making during his 12 years in Russia.

Comment by Stephen Larsen on November 8, 2014 at 3:24pm

Sounds awesome Lionheart! Wish I could have been there!

Comment by Andrew on October 22, 2014 at 10:40am

All the MKP lodges they do in my area are co-ed.  Not really interested in that.  haha


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